Attempting to map out when the rights of conscience, as well as freedom of association apply according to the left, and when they don’t.
- Declining participation in a gay wedding based on your conscience as a Christian florist? Not okay.
- But declining to participate in the same gay wedding based on your conscience as a Christian minister? Okay for now.
- Declining to bake cookies for a gay pride celebration based on your conscience as a Jewish baker? Not okay.
- But declining to cater a Neo-Nazi rally based on your conscience as a Jewish restaurant owner? Completely fine.
- Declining to be the official photographer of a pride parade based on your conscience as a Mormon photographer? Not okay.
- But declining to be a featured performer at an atheist festival based on your conscience as a Mormon singer? Seemingly acceptable.
And now we have another to add to the list:
- Refusing to participate in designing matching tuxes for the two grooms at a “gay wedding” based on your conscience as a Muslim fashion designer? Not okay.
- But refusing to participate in designing dresses for the First Lady based on your conscience as a gay fashion designer? Totally cool.
Time Magazine covered this latest development in the left’s bizarre and obscenely inconsistent appeal to conscience rights, asking fashion designer Christian Siriano if he would dress Melania Trump. Siriano’s response:
I don’t think I would [dress Melania Trump]. I think for a while everyone was trying to figure out what to do. Unfortunately, it really doesn’t have anything to do with her, but she is representing what’s happening politically and what’s happening politically right now is not really good for anyone.
I think to an extent, it’s important because as designers, that’s the only voice we have. But it’s not just her. If I got a call from somebody tomorrow that was, say, a musician, who was all over Twitter or Instagram hate-bashing people, I wouldn’t dress her either. I dress people that I can support and support what they’re doing in their lives. That’s why it’s important to me and it should be important to every designer because the people that you put in your brand represent the brand.
Pay very close attention to the words Siriano spoke that are being applauded and celebrated by the left: “I dress people that I can support and support what they’re doing in their lives…the people that you put in your brand represent the brand.”
Of course that’s precisely the argument good folks have been making for years about declining to participate in voluntary ceremonies that offends the God they serve. They have been saying, “I photograph events that I can support and support what they’re advocating and promoting. The events that you put your business name on represent your business values.”
When Christian bakers or photographers or florists say that, the left calls it discriminatory bigotry. When gay liberal fashion designers say it, the left falls all over themselves in support.
If it weren’t for double standards, the left would have no standards at all.